Philadelphia 76ers general manager Elton Brand would love to see point guard Ben Simmons reach his full potential and learn at the foot of the Hall of Fame, but he will not let Magic Johnson do the teaching.
Speaking at 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia on Monday, Brand said the Sixers have not granted permission for Simmons to work with the president of the Los Angeles Lakers.
"[Lakers general manager] Rob Pelinka called me and said, "Hey, we hear that Ben wants to talk to the Hall of Fame, the championship-level players, and that Magic is on the list." We need authorization to meet. And I said "no". This was more than a month ago, so I said no, "explained Brand.
The first-year general manager of Philadelphia was responding to a comment that Johnson himself made on Sunday.
The president of the Lakers, Magic Johnson, said the pelicans did not act in good faith in their negotiations with Anthony Davis.
The Lakers have been fined $ 50,000 for comments made by President Earvin Johnson regarding Yannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks.
The NBA announced that it has fined the Lakers $ 500,000 for violating the league's anti-tampering rule as a result of the team's actions with respect to Paul George.
"[Simmons] I contacted me, not directly with me, with the Lakers to find out if we can meet this summer, "said Johnson, who was a base too big like Simmons." I said, "Hey, you have to clarify it with the league," and if everyone – the Sixers sign, we sign, the league signs – well, I will, but if everyone does not sign, then we can not meet. "
After Sunday's win over the Lakers, Simmons said he is not focused on talking to Johnson "right now," but he talked about why that conversation could be beneficial.
"He's been in multiple situations where he had to play the 5, and he won a championship that way, and only one Hall of Famer, one of those guys who is in the position I'm in … I think that can help, "Simmons said.
Brand seems to keep in mind that things have been clear to Johnson, whose brief tenure at the Lakers' headquarters has been marked by allegations of manipulation throughout the league.
In 2017, the NBA fined the Lakers $ 500,000 for violating the NBA's tampering rule, since it was found that Pelinka had had contact with Paul George's agent after the team had already been warned.
The Lakers were fined again in 2018, this time for $ 50,000, for comments made by Johnson about Milwaukee Bucks star, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
More recently, the Lakers tried to actively exchange for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis, who is represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, the same agency that represents LeBron James of Los Angeles. Paul and James have been friends since childhood, which led some to wonder if Paul was trying to line up two of his star clients in L.A. Paul also represents Simmons.